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Southern California Environmental Update – New Air Quality And Oil & Gas Regulatory Developments

Our latest post provides updates on environmental and legal developments in Los Angeles and adjacent counties, as well as the Southern San Joaquin Valley. We welcome your comments and contributions....more

Environmental Notes - May 2018

by Williams Mullen on

New Source Review (“NSR”) remains a focus of enforcement for EPA. Between last year and now, EPA finalized eight settlements with manufacturers and one with a utility, asserting NSR violations for allegedly not obtaining a...more

EPA Keeps Landfill Methane Rules In Place... At Least for the Moment

by Williams Mullen on

Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills receive non-hazardous waste from residential properties, commercial businesses, and institutions. When MSW is placed in a lined landfill and covered, it decomposes and emits a gas into...more

California Air and Climate, Vol. 1: Bay Area Methane; CARB Bans Refrigerants, Implements Community Air Protection and Approves...

by Downey Brand LLP on

BAAQMD Developing Rules to Regulate Methane Emission - The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“BAAQMD”), as part of its Methane Strategy, is pursuing rules to address methane emissions from several source...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018

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Focus - U.S. Supreme Court lets stand EPA's permit exemption for water transfers - Reuters - Feb 26 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously declined to review a challenge led by states and environmental groups to a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Trump infrastructure plan would speed up pipeline permitting, cut environmental reviews - Reuters - Feb 12 The Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal released on Monday would speed up the...more

Trump Administration Rolls Back Climate Change Initiatives

As expected, the Trump administration has been actively engaged in efforts to reverse the federal government’s regulatory direction with respect to climate change. In 2017, President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw...more

Trump EPA Will Not Stay Landfill Methane Rules

In early January 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) decided to halt previous proposals to stay methane rules for new and existing landfills. The Obama Administration’s EPA issued the final New Source...more

Farms Required to Report Air Releases from Animal Waste

by Butler Snow LLP on

On April 11, 2017, the Federal Court struck down the 2008 EPA Rule exempting most farms from reporting releases of hazardous air pollutants under CERCLA and EPCRA. The rule exempted farms which had fewer animals than large...more

Premises Pollution Liability Policy: Missouri Appellate Court Addresses Insurance Coverage Issue

The Missouri Court of Appeals (Eastern District) addressed in a December 19th opinion a coverage issue involving a Premises Pollution Liability Policy (“ PPL policy”). See Hazelwood Logistics Center, LLC v. Illinois Union...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - December 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - This month’s edition of Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Trump administration halts study of offshore oil inspections - ABC News - Dec 21 The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the Bureau of Safety and...more

At The Well Weekly – Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 12/15/2017 – As 2017 Closes Out, General Permits For Methane Emissions On...

by Cozen O'Connor on

As 2017 comes to a close, the rig count is relatively strong and oil prices hover around $60/bbl while natural gas spot prices continue to underwhelm. In Appalachia, the Delaware River Basin Commission proposed its...more

Pa. DEP Sets Early 2018 for Final Methane General Permits for Oil and Gas Drillers

As part of Governor Wolf’s strategy to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas sites, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published draft final permit revisions for the new GP-5A, GP-5 and Exemption 38....more

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Vacates EPA’s Stay of Compliance Deadlines of Methane Rule

by Blank Rome LLP on

In a recent 2-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a petition by several environmental organizations that sought to vacate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) decision to...more

Trump Track: Court Blocks Postponement of Methane Rule, But Battle Continues

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 4, the district court for the Northern District of California in State of California and Sierra Club, et al v. BLM, et al. held that BLM could not postpone its enforcement of various provisions of the Obama-era...more

Trump’s BLM Cannot Delay Implementation of Oil and Gas Methane Rules after Effective Date

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) cannot postpone implementation of natural gas methane emission rules because such...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Court blocks Dept. of Interior’s move to delay Obama-era methane leak rule - The Hill - Oct 4 - On Wednesday a federal court set aside an effort by the Department of the Interior...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

Court Rejects BLM’s Efforts to Unbalance the Scales of Justice

On October 4, 2017, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte granted summary judgment to plaintiffs and vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s notice that it was postponing certain compliance dates contained in the Obama BLM rule...more

What’s New in the Methane Debate?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Occasionally we visit issues larger than one-off courthouse decisions. Here are a few selected stories on the extent to which fracking contributes to rising levels of methane and, maybe, to climate change. There are...more

Court Vacates EPA Stay of Methane Emissions Final Rule

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacked authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to stay a final rule concerning methane and other...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017

Groundbreaking Held for New Methanol Plant in Kanawha County, West Virginia - "US Methanol expects it will open its first American facility, Liberty One, in mid-2018, which will be capable of producing 200,000 metric tons...more

Massachusetts Moves to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On August 11, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) adopted a landmark bundle of regulations for reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). The regulations primarily target carbon dioxide (CO2)...more

MassDEP Issues New Regulations to Reduce GHG Emissions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated final regulations to ensure that the Commonwealth will meet the 2020 statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits mandated by the...more

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